Otaku Outrage over Tsunami Terror

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Otaku anime viewers have furiously been denouncing TV stations for defiling an entire evening’s worth of anime with massive and highly obtrusive tsunami warnings, expressing particular ire at Winry’s undressing scene being ruined by a superimposed map.

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The severity of the tsunami warnings (from the recent Chilean earthquake) varied from station to station, ranging from nothing in areas which couldn’t care less about marine inundation, to the addition of discrete warnings at the end of programmes, and of course to the extreme which has Winry oppai fans so irate: an “L telop,” subtitles and a map in the middle of the screen throughout much of the show, continuing all evening.

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Winry survived intact on some stations:

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Some fans are particularly incensed about the graphics being taken off for commercial breaks, only to reappear when the show restarts.

Critics point out that people’s lives may be at risk, although whether otaku are actually in any more danger than coast dwellers are from their piddling 90cm tsunami is not clear.

Angry otaku are now demanding affected shows be reaired. Although a few cantankerous old women can cause the censorship massacre of an entire series, it seems likely the protests of mere viewers will be ignored…


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    Comment by Anonymous
    21:05 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    How dreadful Tsunami's damage is...

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:34 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They (and many SC'ers) overstate the "emergency" factor.

    A simple shrink-the-picture-slightly-and-add-a-stock-ticker at the bottom with the text, "Tsunami warning: waves to hit Japan in 22 hours. Turn to the Weather Channel for more details" would have been sufficient.

    Lazy people who don't want to turn to the Weather Channel take their chances.

    There's no justification for program overlays like this.

    If the danger is IMMINENT, they should STOP the program, put up a flash bulletin ("Godzilla currently rampaging in Ueno Park. Avoid all Ferris Wheels*. Route 3 is traffic-jammed, with no vehicles moving."), THEN, CONTINUE the program.

    *A friend noted that Ferris Wheels are Godzilla bait. She theorized that the reason for Japan having so many of them, frequently in remote areas, is to lure Godzilla away from the more densely-populated areas.

    Program Overlays: "Do it for the children!^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^H Blu-Ray sales!"

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:48 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    How long has it been since the last Godzilla attack anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:07 26/10/2013 # ! Neutral (0)

    It's been years since the last attack.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:30 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Just another reason to hate the news.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    They should have just had it at the top of the screen just like every other time and every other country does.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:00 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    What The Fail is this

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    Comment by null
    19:17 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Wow... storm warnings where I come from aren't nearly as obnoxious as that. The commercial break thing is just the icing on the cake.

    "People's lives may be at risk" - but of course the advertising is more important than lives.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:16 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    If it had been left on during the commercials I could see them being less outraged, but taking the tsunami warning on during the show and taking it off on the commercials is fucking ridiculous.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:09 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "People's lives may be at risk"
    Bullshit, you can just refer to a teletext page for warnings. And L-banners are also bullshit, I know not a single person who doesn't hate them.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:06 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually, they don't have a choice. Here's how it works: They can put any kind of warning during the show, but the advertising time was bought by other companies, so they do not have the right to put anything on the commercial, because it is not theirs. It's common all over the world. The station does not own the ads.

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    Comment by Imyou
    09:48 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Actually, if it's cable or satellite, the customers pay to see the shows, just as the sponsors pay to have their ads aired.

    ...but sponsors are more important, otherwise they would't have to cram the programs full of ads on paid for channels in the first place. If you upset the sponsors, you're sunk. If you upset the customers, make an excuse and move on.

    Comment by H-Ero
    12:58 05/03/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "They can put any kind of warning during the show, but the advertising time was bought by other companies, so they do not have the right to put anything on the commercial, because it is not theirs."

    Isn't that the same with anime though? I thought that anime companies had to pay the stations to use those time slots for their shows the same way that ad companies pay them to air their commercials.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    09:10 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They can put the side information and shrink the screen just not cover the ad.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:45 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL

    i never expect ppl to rage over the warnings...

    still, this is good LOL material

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:08 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Are the people who made this warning morons are something? They could've made some kind of bounding box around it, give in more details and graphics on the sides itself.. but instead they said "aw fuck it, we'll just put it in the middle of the screen."

    How lazy is That?? or like have a stock reader kinda thing as well.. or put it in the corner.. which would've easily be better.. but no, right in the MIDDLE of the screen.. morons.

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    Comment by NakkiNyan
    09:17 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Ya, they had control over this. Their solution was retarded.

    They could have put that map in the bottom corner and legend beside it not on top of the video.

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:31 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Been waiting to see this FMA bit animated for ages and they paste a country over it! And with my PS3 under lockdown is there anything else to ruin my evening?

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:50 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    mustang the weather man lol

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:18 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    tv rips are screwed after this

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    Comment by Rindoro
    05:18 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    who cares if people are dying, as long as we get our Anime!!!
    lol jk XD

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:34 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Otaku = A loser who is out of reality.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:36 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pic 003: "Dude, that's a hell of a nasty-looking scar!"

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    Comment by Tallgeese_VI
    18:52 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fail Censorship ? LOL.

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    Comment by Ghost Dog
    21:44 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When I glanced at this article on the main page, my insomnia led me to reading it as "Tsumugi Terror". The light hair didn't help either.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:31 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    90cm = 0.9 meters... approximately 3 feet... people will drown in that.

    speaking of that, i remember the red sea in the Bible sinking the Egyptian army, but some say that the red sea is just knee-high in height... >_>

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:00 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    maybe you have some kind of deformed legs 0_o

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    Comment by caiooa
    05:34 04/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    so why they don't put this warning in the commercial breaks?

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:00 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Every sea has a shore.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:08 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Idiot, you do realise that this will flood any dykes/barricades submering any terain under sea level, ontop of that depending on the strength of the winds leaving your home can be downright suicidal.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:06 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Can't stop laughing at this ^_^

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:03 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    We need Windy oppai, filter nude, hardcore, and a lot more!

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:58 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    well, wouldn´t be the first suicide in japan....

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    Comment by BlaqCat
    23:05 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    .....unless your in the Gurren-dan.

    Sorry, I couldn't help it.

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    Comment by MechaTama31
    22:58 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Winds? Do you even know what a tsunami is?

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    Comment by An Otaku's Opiate
    02:23 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Uh...the Red Sea is, on average, about 1700 feet deep.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:04 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I dont know what am more pissed of about:
    That tsunami picture on my Mondays eclipse subs FMA episode or the fact that she never took of that t-shirt...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:29 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    kinda happy I read the manga.

    Comment by Anonymous
    06:09 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    in which her shirt reaches about the same position yet shows a bit less

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:14 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously the later.

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:55 09/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    EPIC OTAKU MEGALOSER FAIL....

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    Comment by takuya13
    18:53 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >=( GIVE ME BACK MY SHITA PAI

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    Comment by Anonymous
    03:57 02/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    >=(

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:48 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    )=>?

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    Comment by CrabNicholson
    19:16 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Is it really that big a deal? I watched that episode of FMA and I almost forgot it was there. Why are otakus always more concerned with style than substance? It's the only way to explain half of these problems.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:29 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Wow... *looks at watch* the typical self-righteous response showed up early today.

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    Comment by GHS
    19:53 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh yeah? Here's a follow-up: Why don't otaku stop bitching about 2D boobs and get some real boobs that aren't on a screen?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:50 12/03/2011 # ! Neutral (0)

    For the warings that are broadcast on moe anime, and thus, only seen by otaku, they should have done things a little differently. Instead of telling them to evacuate, they should have been told to stay in their homes. Or maybe suggest that it's a nice day out maybe you should go swimming? No need to go to a beach though, just walk out your front door, and wait......

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    Comment by GHS
    09:37 03/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Believe me, it's worth 20% of your income, because it usually comes in a package and you get so much more than just boobs. As for silicon boobs? If you can't tell the difference, then, well, that's pretty fail. Hell, you're pretty fail already to want women with silicon boobs in the first place. In any case, I get a discount. To demonstrate, here's my favourite quote from the Vice City police radio: "She was my girlfriend pal, I didn't have to pay for it."

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:02 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Would it be too much to ask for a single nipple shot over 63 episodes?

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    Comment by CrabNicholson
    21:46 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "What's your favourite show? Bratz in pedo land? Right."
    Stuff like "Bratz in pedo land", k-on, lucky star and the rest are the problems I mentioned in the first comment. It seems like most anime fans are more concerned with seeing Winry's breasts than the series coming to a climax.

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    Comment by nocts
    22:57 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They could at least put the warning a bit closer to a corner and not in the middle of the screen. Warnings are important but it was placed in a bad spot.

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    Comment by Marine-RX179
    20:31 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Real boobs? I'm sorry, but 'real' boobs are sharply decreasing in number and getting replaced by 'silicon' boobs.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    because real boobs cost 20% of gross income

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:33 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    CrabNicholson:

    What's your favourite show? Bratz in pedo land? Right.

    Lets imagine that there was the face of Rick Astley over everybody's head for the entire show when they finally get to some action.

    Would you not be pissed off?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:27 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    you mean the ones who put the tsunami news on, right?

    if not, then i wish you died.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:38 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fucking japanese.. i wished they all died.. no common sense..

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    Comment by Yoshii-kun
    20:10 01/03/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because sometimes, the fate of the Elric brothers are more important that a stupid wave that didnt come at all.






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